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Ann Davison, CAE
Assistant Director of Strategic Services

VCOS Names 2013 Award Winners

October 1, 2013

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is pleased to congratulate the following winners of the IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section 2013 awards. These awards will be presented at the VCOS Symposium in the Sun in November.

Retention & Recruitment Award

The Abingdon (Md.) Fire Company, Fire Chief Monti Arrington, has been selected as the winner of the Retention and Recruitment Award which recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members. Mr. Andrew Nau, the Retention-Recruitment Coordinator, will accept the award on behalf of the department. Award sponsored by VFIS. 

Safe Driving Award

The Oshtemo Township (Mich.) Fire Department, Fire Chief Mark L. Barnes, CFO, has been selected as the winner of the Vehicle Safe Operations Award.  The award, sponsored by VFIS, honors a department that has experienced a significant and verifiable reduction in, and/or, zero collisions/incidents/crashes during a year-long period, and considers the comprehensive nature of the department's fleet safety policy.

John M. Buckman III Award

Chief Charles Addington, II, EFO of Wolfforth (Texas) Fire & EMS, has been selected as the winner of the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award. The award recognizes a chief officer of a volunteer or combination department who stands out on the local and/or regional level as a true professional who has demonstrated leadership, integrity and outstanding moral values within the fire service. The award is sponsored by Provident Insurance.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About the Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS)
VCOS is a special interest section of the IAFC which provides chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer or combination Fire, Rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism.